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Ignorance - Milan Kundera, Linda Asher
Ignorance
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A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty years earlier when they chose to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history? The... show more
A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty years earlier when they chose to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history? The truth is that after such a long absence "their memories no longer match." We always believe that our memories coincide with those of the person we loved, that we experienced the same thing. But this is just an illusion. Then again, what can we expect of our weak memory? It records only "an insignificant, minuscule particle" of the past, "and no one knows why it's this bit and not any other bit." We live our lives sunk in a vast forgetting, a fact we refuse to recognize. Only those who return after twenty years, like Odysseus returning to his native Ithaca, can be dazzled and astounded by observing the goddess of ignorance firsthand.Milan Kundera is the only author today who can take such dizzying concepts as absence, memory, forgetting, and ignorance, and transform them into material for a novel, masterfully orchestrating them into a polyphonic and moving work.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060002091 (0060002093)
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 195
Edition language: English
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Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
0.0 Ignorance
This tells the story of the fluidity of identity -- lost and gained, especially that of migrants (or refugees). I have heard accounts of people who have moved to a different country, who say, that after a passage of time, they can no longer identify completely with their homeland, or do they feel tr...
nataliya
nataliya rated it
4.0 'Ignorance' by Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera's writing just seems to strike a right note with me, ever since the first time I read his works on a public commute as a wide-eyed college sophomore, getting hooked on the philosophical ramblings that are so essential to college years. And that fascination apparently has withstood th...
Emamemi
Emamemi rated it
A friend advised me to read other novels by Kundera before diving into The unbearable lightness..., his most famous writing, so that I could appreciate his other works, too. I wonder if that is the case, as I sense that I'll become one of his fans pretty soon.This is the second book by Kundera and I...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
I really don't think Milan Kundera is an author for me. His characters are all so petty and cruel, so atomized and self-centered. I can deal with pettiness and cruelty being a theme of the book - but everyone? All the time? And if he were trying to say something about life in a country under a total...
Don't Panic - Megan's BookLikes
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3.5 starsIgnorance is a modern retelling of The Odyssey, focusing on two emigrants who were forced from their native Czech Republic during the reign of Communism in 1968. Irena flees to Paris with her husband Martin while Josef ends up settling in Denmark. Irena and Josef had met and flirted in a Cz...
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